Concept for - Stephens Scown Trustee Named Employee Owner of the Year

Sam Moles, Digital Marketing Manager at Stephens Scown, has been announced as winner in the Employee Owner of the Year Award category of the UK Employee Ownership Awards.

The award recognises Sam’s contribution as a trustee and an EO champion both within and outside of the business. As the first large law firm in the UK to become employee owned, and now also B Corp™ Certified, Stephens Scown has built a reputation on going above and beyond for its clients and in supporting the communities in which it operates.

Understanding how to make a successful EO transition, Stephens Scown uses its experience to offer comprehensive support to other companies locally and nationally on their own EO projects.

Run by the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), and in 2023 sponsored by GLIDE, the event was held at the EOA Conference 2023 Awards Dinner on Monday 27 November at the ACC Liverpool.

The awards celebrate the impacts of giving employees a significant stake and a meaningful say to employees who in turn power exceptional businesses. Award winners are part of the storytelling that bring to life the evidence that collectively employee-owned businesses punch well above their weight offering multiple impacts for society and the economy, including 8-12% increased productivity.

The Employee Owner of the Year award recognises an individual at any level within the business who have contributed outstanding impact to their business’s overall success through embodying good EO culture.

Sam’s nomination came from his passion and commitment to EO, his entry standing out with multiple examples of him stepping up to join the dots, drive processes, and bringing people together to help build and drive a great EO culture. Additionally, judges commended the work Sam has taken on externally being a visible presence at events and on social media as an EO Champion.

James de le Vingne, CEO of the EOA, said, “Congratulations to Sam on winning this award. The awards recognise businesses and individuals that are delivering great employee ownership.

 “Collectively, great employee-owned businesses deliver significant uplift in productivity and performance, outperforming their non-EO counterparts across multiple impacts for employees, society, the environment, and the economy.”

Sam added, “We have learned that after seven years of Stephens Scown being an employee-owned business, being EO is never finished. As an employee trustee you need to always step outside of what you know. The EO journey continues, and innovation is achieved by being confident enough to try new things and work out what works for us. I am delighted to have won this award, but I’d also like to pay tribute to my fellow trustees and colleagues at Stephens Scown for being such a fantastic group of people to work with.”

You can find more information on our experience of employee ownership here.